It’s no secret the Milwaukee Brewers need to upgrade first base in order to have success in 2014. The most obvious way to do that is to re-sign free agent Corey Hart. Even though the Brewers have reportedly been in talks with other first basemen as well as other teams about their first baseman, there is no question Milwaukee’s top priority must be to bring back Hart.
As of Monday morning, which is the first day of the 2013 Winter Meetings, Hart was still waiting to hear from the Brewers. It’s apparent that he has every intention of re-signing with the ball club, assuming certain criteria get met. Hart has already stated that he will take a pay cut to stay in the city his family and he have learned to love. With that being said, he also expects to get paid what he feels he’s owed, especially since he’s a top ten free agent on the market this offseason.
It’s important to note that Milwaukee does have a couple of backup options if the organization fails to ink a deal with Hart, mostly in the form of trades. However, they have every intention of getting a contract done considering he will be a big offensive piece to the puzzle going forward.
At the same time, it doesn’t appear the Brewers will overpay for anyone this offseason, which includes Hart. It’s one thing for him to tell the media he plans on taking a pay cut but it’s another for him to actually do so behind closed doors.
Hopefully, Milwaukee will be able to get a deal done sooner rather than later so they can focus on other key positions during the Winter Meetings.